Interview

Meet the blogger – The Food Sauce meets Hells Belles ‘Bites Food writer, stylist & recipe developer (Part 2)

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND WHY?

Living in the South West, this is probably one of the hardest questions, with such an incredible range of restaurants offering blinding food particularly at the coast.

Lucky for me however, I have one of the region’s best kept secrets just around the corner.  Tucked away in the heart of Somerset countryside, The Langford (http://langfordfivehead.co.uk/restaurant/) treats guests to seasonal, British food thoughtfully sourced from local farms and producers.  Fruits and veggies are plucked straight from the abundant kitchen garden and orchards surrounding the pre-Tudor manor house keeping the menu fresh and wholeheartedly seasonal.  Honest yet elegant cooking, it really is like escaping to food heaven!

When I head to the smoke however, I love visiting The Shed (http://www.theshed-restaurant.com) in Notting Hill not only for its food but also its ethos.  Showing the restaurant industry how ‘field to fork’ really is done even in the city, the Gladwin Brothers grow and rear their own ingredients on their farm in Sussex before transporting them to the smoke and cooking them up into sensational dishes in their buzzing restaurant in the heart of London.  What they don’t produce themselves, they source locally wherever they can, so it’s also a great means of discovering brilliant new small producers.  Their farmy restaurant interior is pretty cool too!  I was chuffed when they opened a sister restaurant in 2014, The Rabbit – still on my hit list to try but I’m more than sure it offers the same great grub!

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT BLOGGING ABOUT YOUR TOPIC?

When you have too many amazing seasonal ingredients and not enough time to blog about them all!  I suppose though, this helps me to really consider my blog posts, only writing about the cream of the crop!

Another major challenge would be appearance.  We all eat with our eyes, especially in the online world, and at times it can be tricky to make a beige root look glamorous!  Occasionally I work backwards; coming up with a visual concept first and then developing the recipe and story behind the ingredients.  As long as the final product remains seasonal or local, it has a righteous place on my blog.

HOW WOULD SOMEONE DESCRIBE YOUR BLOGGING STYLE?

I would say my blogging style is informative, yet informal!  I like to tell a story – we are so often complacent about what is on our plate, I like to help to open peoples’ eyes and cause them to question how food actually makes it to the dinner table.  Whether that’s a short history of the ingredient, the way it has been grown or reared, or its seasonality, there’s always an honest tale to be told.

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